Using Gravatar to build traffic

Gravatar logoThis short wibblette is intended for newcomers to WordPress; my aim is to show you how to set up Gravatar to help you build traffic to your site.

First of all: what is ‘Gravatar’?

A Gravatar image

This is what my Gravatar looks like

An ‘avatar’ is an image that represents you online — a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.

A ‘Gravatar’ is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there. Gravatar is a free service which is automatically included in every WordPress.com account.

Why should I care?

When you visit a site and ‘like’ an article, or leave a comment, your Gravatar remains behind on the page. Other visitors can click on it to find out about you… and, if you’ve set Gravatar up correctly, they can visit your site from your Gravatar page.

If you haven’t set it up, they can’t get to your site from Gravatar.

So how do I set it up?

It’s really easy.

  • First, go ‘like’ a page somewhere — this one here is really handy πŸ˜‰ — which will plonk your Gravatar down.
  • Then, click on your Gravatar: this will take you to your Gravatar page. You may need to sign in… if you’re already logged in to WordPress you just hit the ‘Approve’ button. (Don’t worry about doing this: Gravatar is part of WordPress.)

    Gravatar interface picture showing where to click

    Easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Then, you click on ‘My Profile’ at the top,
  2. then ‘Websites’ on the right,
  3. then ‘Add WordPress.com Site’ on the left. This will present you with a list of all your WordPress sites, so you just click the box next to the one(s) you want to include on your Gravatar and press the ‘Add Checked’ button.

That’s all there is to it!

Go click on your Gravatar again, and you’ll see that your Gravatar page now includes a ‘Websites’ section with a handy link to your own site that visitors will see from here on. You can also use Gravatar to link to your accounts on other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and so on.

If you’ve found this information useful, I’d appreciate it if you could spread the word by creating a link to this article — or even a reblog, if you’re feeling especially generous!

Special thanks to Everyday Life, Meditations in Motion and Adventures in Punk who gave me the inspiration for this post, and valuable feedback on it before it was released into the wild!

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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139 Responses to Using Gravatar to build traffic

  1. Justme! says:

    Thanks to you I know what a Gravatar! Thank you for being awesome!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. mistermuse says:

    I clicked “Like” on this page but it didn’t “plonk your Gravatar down” — at least, not that I could see. Or maybe I’m just too computer illiterate to do even an “easy” setup (what’s “easy” for others on the computer is seldom easy for me). But thanks anyway.

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    • pendantry says:

      Don’t know what might have gone wrong, there — thank you for trying to ‘like’ the page — maybe plonk a like down somewhere else and then follow my instructions?

      I’d be interested in hearing how you get on, as the purpose of this post was to try to help ‘computer illiterates’! Maybe your experience can help me to adjust my advice to help others better.

      [edit 27Feb2018 Hmm… I see your Gravatar ‘liking’ this page — and your Gravatar is already set up correctly to allow others to visit your website from it, so it looks like all is good.]

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      • mistermuse says:

        Thank you. Although Gravatar is set up to allow others to visit my website from it, the reverse doesn’t seem to be true. When a reader posts a Like on my site and I click his/her Like, I see no way to visit their site unless that reader’s own link appears. If it doesn’t, Gravatar is of no help (maybe I just don’t know how to use it). Fortunately, in such cases, I can usually (but not always) find the reader’s site through Google, though it takes more time.
        Thanks for YOUR time in trying to help, but I’m pretty much a hopeless case when it comes to understanding these things. Let’s call it a day so you can spend more time helping others who are more computer literate.

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        • floatinggold says:

          I just checked your Gravatar, and like mine, yours is set up to show the website. That, I believe is the whole point of this article. Mine has been set up a couple of months ago. I get disappointed when I see a collage of Gravatars on someone else’s blog and I want to check their blogs and I can’t, because they don’t have their websites linked. It’s a major bummer.

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        • pendantry says:

          I don’t mind spending the time.

          I think that the problem you’re describing (“I see no way to visit their site unless that reader’s own link appears“) is due to the the visitor to your site not having configured Gravatar in the way I describe above.

          I see this as one of those situations where we have a one-way system, but those responsible for putting up the roadsigns haven’t quite done their jobs correctly, leaving some folks travelling the wrong way…

          This is exactly the problem that I was hoping to help address with this post.

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  3. M A R I A says:

    Thank you for your help!
    Maria xx

    Liked by 2 people

  4. floatinggold says:

    Good article. I don’t think Gravatar increases my traffic, but it definitely stopped me a few times from accessing other people’s sites.

    Liked by 3 people

    • pendantry says:

      If Gravatar is set up in the way I describe, then those clicking on your Gravatar will be able to access your site. Granted, the hits may be minimal, but the way I look at it, it all adds up: and the other plus side is that you have a visitor arriving at your site who hasn’t been frustrated by trying — and failing — to reach it πŸ™‚

      [edit 27Feb2018 I neglected to address your other point: “… but it definitely stopped me a few times from accessing other people’s sites“: this is out of our control, and depends upon the owner of the Gravatar in question having correctly set it up at their end.]

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  5. Going now to see what I have going..Thank you

    Liked by 2 people

  6. willedare says:

    I think I just added my blog address and web site address and Facebook address and Linked in address to my Gravatar profile as you recommended… THANK YOU, peNdantry, for this useful tutorial!

    Liked by 2 people

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  8. Justme! says:

    Reblogged this on Everyday Life and commented:
    Hey Darlings!

    My friend Pendantry made this amazing post the other day about using Gravatar to build traffic. We all want to build traffic, so what are you waiting for, check it out!

    Liked by 3 people

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  10. revruss1220 says:

    Awesome! Thanks for that tip.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. revruss1220 says:

    Reblogged this on Russellings of the Spirit and commented:
    Good advice for all bloggers found here…

    Liked by 2 people

  12. I’m sure I have asked you before but on the back of your very instructive post are you able to tell if my own gravatar has been set up properly?

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Anita Bowden says:

    Thanks for this info! Very helpful!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. bernard25 says:

    Thanks to you I know what a Gravatar MERCI L AMI

    Liked by 1 person

  15. thank you for sharing this great info…

    Liked by 2 people

  16. ang4him says:

    Thank you for reaching out to me about this. You are awesome!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Eric Alagan says:

    Hello Colin,
    Thanks to your clear instructions, I added my websites to my avatar.
    I recall having set-up this feature but for reasons unknown, the websites section had disappeared. But no worries, I’m back on again, thanks to you.
    Cheers,
    Eric

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Lace n Plaid says:

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us about our Gravatar issue. That’s so thoughtful and kind of you. We’ll fix it using your instruction. Have a wonderful day!

    Liked by 2 people

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  20. calmkate says:

    thanks for the tip and your easy steps to link mine, appreciate that!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. turning20web says:

    Thank you..!!
    Please do check out the gravatar of my blog and let me know is it working.
    Thanks once again..
    Sending positive vibes πŸ’«

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Thank you for your kind message earlier today (or late yesterday). I’m still not quite sure how a gravatar will help me (I do not have a big following and do not feel that my unsophisticated computer skills will ever tempt many people to visit), but, since you took the trouble to offer me advice, I have gratefully accepted it (or at least attempted to). I had never even heard of a gravatar before πŸ™‚ I am very glad that wordpress is full of so many helpful and friendly people πŸ™‚

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    • pendantry says:

      I can confirm that your Gravatar now links to your website. Well done! I can’t promise you that it will mean a surge in your visitors, but it does mean that anyone who wants to visit your site can now do so more easily.

      There is a great crowd here! I’ve found everyone I’ve met here to be very helpful and considerate πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      • You are very kind! Both in technology help and in assuming that people would want to visit me in the first place πŸ˜‰ I am not expecting fame and glory any time soon! I’m not sure how it would be feasible but please let me know if I can ever return the favour in any way πŸ™‚

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  23. I am so computer illiterate that my first attempt to comment has just failed… thank you very much for the message you sent earlier. It was very kind of you to point out my lack of gravatar and, whether it will help me or not (I don’t hold out very much hope) I have accepted the gesture gratefully and have attempted to correct the issue. I had never heard of a gravatar before and am still unclear about it, even after reading your helpful post. So many thanks indeed for being so supportive πŸ™‚

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  25. rhc55 says:

    Many thanks for your help, though I don’t know how you found me. I confess I don’t understand what I’ve done or why, but I followed your instructions and something seemed to happen… I am also the mother of your last person to comment, so it clearly runs in the family. Very kind of you to take th etime to help others.

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  26. Reblogged this on Chomeuse with a Chou and commented:
    Earlier today a very kind soul, Pedantry (whom I had not met before), advised me that my gravatar had not been set up properly, and that this would prevent potential new friends from accessing my site if, say, they happened upon a comment of mine on another page and felt like paying me a visit. Pedantry has generously written a post explaining how to correct this oversight, which I am reblogging here in the hope of spreading the word.

    Liked by 3 people

  27. Wow, thank you so much for this article! I never knew what in the world this Gravatar stuff was. Now I know what it is and I’ve set it up. Thank you so much!!

    Liked by 2 people

  28. Reblogged this on Poetry by Charles Joseph and commented:
    Must read! (especially if you’re new to WordPress)

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  30. Got it!! Well done! Will await your feedback that it has been set up correctly?

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  31. Grazie del suggerimento…

    Liked by 2 people

  32. chocobosage says:

    Nice! Cheers for that πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  33. maybeimout says:

    Thanks! Didn’t know these information πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  34. savvystreaks says:

    Useful information. i need to set up my Gravatar and this will definitely be of help.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. Yay! I think I’ve done it.

    Liked by 2 people

  36. charack says:

    I tried to add an image as my gravatar, but it didn’t seem to work, so how do I click on my gravatar if there’s really not one? (See, I TOLD you I was a ditz regarding all this stuff!) I should hire a teenage kid to help me! 😁

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  38. What an awesome, helpful post. Per your request, I reblogged it. Thank you!

    Liked by 2 people

  39. Karen says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Sky Days 365 and commented:
    Excellent advice from pedantry on how to link your blog to your gravatar

    Liked by 2 people

  40. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thanks, Colin. I followed your instructions — to find I’ve done all that already! The privileges of old age…
    πŸ™‚
    Bob

    Liked by 2 people

  41. Andrew Green says:

    Thanks for this I’ll get on to it.

    Liked by 2 people

  42. Leo Lozada says:

    Hi! Thanks for emailing me about how gravatar works. I originally thought gravatar was just there to keep some photos. Obviously, I thought wrong. Again, thanks for the help! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  43. Leo Lozada says:

    Reblogged this on velleochor and commented:
    I originally though Gravatar was just there to keep some photos. But boy was I wrong! In this post, the author will teach you how to use Gravatar to build traffic in your blog/site! It helped me, I hope it will help you too!

    Liked by 2 people

  44. Jerry Peri says:

    Nice helpful post, especially to beginners, thanks for sharing!

    Like

  45. Thank you so much for this blog. I wasn’t aware of this. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Thanks for the feedback!

    Liked by 1 person

  47. debibradford says:

    Thank you for reaching out to me about this. How you even found me I have no clue – I’m small potatoes in the blogosphere. I’m so small and illiterate at this stuff (but I’m trying!) that I don’t even know how to “Like” this page. I am now “following you” but don’t think that’s what you mean. Once I figure it out I’ll go through the process and see what I can do! Thank you again so much. And yes…you are awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

  48. incompanyofa says:

    Thank you so much for highlighting to me what a Gravatar is and why I should be using it. I’m sincerely grateful to you ☺. It always warms my heart when someone does something nice for no reason. Thank you for defrosting me today! 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  49. Oh my, after a whole year, finally a wonderful tip. I am so very happy with your suggestion! Please keep the tips coming. You made my day

    Liked by 1 person

  50. Reblogged this on The Rendezvous Club and commented:
    How to link your Gravatar with your Site.

    Liked by 1 person

  51. Thank you for being absolutely fabulous and sharing this information. You are amazing for doing this.

    Liked by 1 person

  52. Thank you for sharing this (and for letting me know that my Gravatar wasnΒ΄t linked to my blog).
    ItΒ΄s a really useful something new learnt and IΒ΄ll be sure to send others your way too!

    Liked by 1 person

  53. evana says:

    Thanks, this was actually very helpful. I had no idea people couldn’t find my WP site from my gravatar. Thanks again.

    Liked by 1 person

  54. umbrios27 says:

    Reblogged this on umbrios27 and commented:
    Uma dica muito boa, em inglΓͺs:

    Liked by 1 person

  55. Michelle LG says:

    Thank you for your comment on my blog about my gravatar not linking. Hopefully I have followed your useful post and fixed it now – I just need to work on my menus now! Thanks, once again.

    Liked by 1 person

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